Hornblower and the Hotspur

Hornblower and the Hotspur

by C. S. Forester


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April 1803. The Peace of Amiens is breaking down. Napoleon is building ships and amassing an army just across the Channel. Horatio Hornblower-who, at age twenty-seven, has already distinguished himself as one of the most daring and resourceful officers in the Royal Navy-commands the three-masted Hotspur on a dangerous reconnaissance mission that evolves, as war breaks out, into a series of spectacular confrontations. All the while, the introspective young commander struggles to understand his new bride and mother-in-law, his officers and crew, and his own "accursed unhappy temperament"-matters that trouble him more, perhaps, than any of Bonaparte's cannonballs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316290463
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/01/1998
Series: Horatio Hornblower Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 102,170
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

20th Century British author famed for the 12 Hornblower novels, African Queen, Payment Deferred, 12 tales of war, and more than 20 other works.

Date of Birth:

August 27, 1899

Date of Death:

April 2, 1966

Place of Birth:

Cairo, Egypt

Place of Death:

Berkeley, California


AlleynGuy's Medical School of the University of London

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Hornblower and the Hotspur 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
GeoffSmock More than 1 year ago
Much better than the second installment, primarily because Forrester returns the narrator from the perspective of Mr. Bush back to the third-person limited perspective of Hornblower. He is the protagonist AND the most dynamic of characters and it should be his mind that the reader is privy to.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Simply written but a good read.
Homechicken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third (chronologically) book of Hornblower's career. In this novel, Hornblower is the commander of the Hotspur, and war is breaking out with France and Napoleon once again. This time Hornblower finds himself as part of a fleet guarding a French port, preventing their ships from setting sail. We also see into Hornblower's character a lot more than before, and learn of his odd relationship with his wife, and how deep down it seems he'd really just rather be at sea. At one point Hornblower has a shot at a huge prize in the taking of a Spanish treasure fleet, but he turns away to pursue a French frigate on their way to warn the treasure flotilla.I would probably have rated this higher were it not for Hornblower's martyr complex, it seems like he doesn't believe himself worth of anything and balks at any kind of just reward, to an extreme degree. I think Forester tried to make him too flawed, and it made the book more predictable than the previous stories.
BruderBane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Horatio Hornblower novels keep getting better and better and ¿Hornblower and the `Hotspur¿¿ is no exception. C.S. Forester takes the trials and tribulations of naval men in early 19th century England and bestows upon them vim, vigor and a joie de vivre seldom seen -to this extent- within this genre. Mr. Forester¿s indefatigable hero Hornblower is the model for so many historical fiction novel heroes, that it is sometimes hard to tell where Horatio ¿Horry¿ ends and the next fretful obstinate hero begins. Filled with thrills and adventure ¿Hornblower and the `Hotspur¿¿ was a delight to read and I am more than anxiously awaiting the next tale.
5hrdrive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Didn't care for this one quite as much as "Lieutenant Hornblower". The naval action was every bit as good, in fact the intial showdown with a larger French frigate was outstanding, but the book didn't manage to keep up the same pace as it went along. I think the theme that Hornblower tries too hard to be everything to everybody here is a bit overplayed. Still a strong effort and I want to keep right along reading this series. Loved the ending and will miss the character that bows out at the end, as I'm afraid Hornblower will as well.
themulhern on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hornblower may be even more miserable in this book than in some others. He is a mere commander with no realistic hope of promotion, so his pay is meager and his vessel is small. Poverty and seasickness are a constant trouble for him. In spite of all this, he plans and carries out many audacious and technically interesting actions appropriate for a commander of a sloop-of-war. As always, he exposes himself to danger frequently because he cannot be confident that any of his subordinates will do the job correctly. The absolute discipline of the Royal Navy and the necessity for any able officer to offer suggestions and even to contradict his superior provide an interesting tension as does the conflict between Hornblower's essential humanity and the harsh discipline of the navy.As with other books, Hornblower's misery and self-contempt are a recurrent motif employed for comic effect. At the same time they are realistic enough to excite empathy and provide a kind of catharsis to equally neurotic readers, even those who don't have to deal with French frigates firing at close range into the delicate vessel under their command.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hornblower is one of the very best literary characters ever and all of his stories are compelling with lots of gritty action. The language may be difficult for some as it is archaic and filled with jargon, but it is worth it to take the time and enter into the world of the Royal Navy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Forrester continues to provide lively action with a true sense of realism.
U-M More than 1 year ago
This is one of my husband's favorite series, and his copies were wearing out.
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Is happy :)
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Patrick58 More than 1 year ago
Where the last volume, Lieutenant Hornblower, very much fleshed out the protagonist, Hornblower and the Hotspur gives insight into the mileau of the British naval officer corps, the promotional ladder, the harsh discipline and the towering expectations placed even on junior officers. The Spartans had a saying, "Come home with your shield or on it," meaning that when you go on a mission, you'd better find a way to complete it or suffer utter failure in your career. When you read this volume, you will be on the edge of your chair finding out how Hornblower finds a way to come home with his shield from an impossible situation. Great book. Great series. Buy and read them all. If you're like me, they will become old friends you visit again and again.
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